2003 Kia Rio Reviews - Page 5 of 16

2003 Kia Rio 1.6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

Buy anything else

Faults:

MAF sensor has been replaced three times.

TPS sensor has been replaced once.

Door gaskets have been replaced.

Entire throttle body replaced.

Fuel pump replaced.

MAF gaskets not replaced allowing auto have erratic idle causing other damage that is not repaired under warranty, but upon finding the gasket replaced free, but not the others.

General Comments:

All of the dealers that had responsible repair shops closed leaving only those of poor reputation in southern California.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

6th Dec 2009, 19:52

Your mechanic could be messing with you. I would recommend making sure that he actually changing parts by asking for the old parts when he does such a replacement.

30th Aug 2011, 23:38

Buy anything else is right... my friend bought one new in 2002, and it was sold to the junkyard for scrap in 2006. Never have I seen a car deteriorate in such quick time; the engine blew before it even had a chance to rust!

DO NOT BUY A KIA!

22nd Jun 2012, 23:54

All's good and well, but how do you know the part returned to you is the actual part off of YOUR car?

2003 Kia Rio 1.6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Faults:

Timming belt broke at 78000 miles bending the valves dammaging the engine.

General Comments:

OK except for the belt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2007

25th Mar 2008, 17:23

That's why you change the belt when you're supposed to 100K km or 60 K miles.

2003 Kia Rio ? 1.6 litre from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 litre Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Cheap piece of junk!

Faults:

The door handle broke within a few months.

The front right suspension busted at about 20,000 miles.

The air conditioner switch went out within a few months of owning it.

I was changing a flat tire when one of the lug bolts broke. I went to the auto parts store to get a replacement bolt, and was told that the entire hub assembly had to be replaced. $120 for a used hub assembly. The dealer could not get me one. It's also hard to find parts for a KIA. I had to call about 15 different places to even find one that had any KIA parts.

The wiper arm came off of the motor during an ice storm. When I went to fix it, that's when I discovered that KIA does not use screws. they use these little clips that look like screws. You have to pop them out, and the don't go in as securely as thew were before.

I had shifting problems at 20,000 miles. the dealer told me that I needed it serviced for $800, or my warranty would be void. I guess my warranty is void now. So much for the 100,000 mile warranty.

The battery went out the first year.

It has leaked coolant since I bought it. Nobody knows how to stop it.

I have replaced the tail light bulbs, and headlight bulbs many many times, and it is only 3 1/2 years old. I have owned other cars for much longer and never had to replace any bulb, much less multiple times.

The interior wears very quickly. it looks like it is about 20 years old on the inside. My steering wheel has faded from gray to green. The seats are black, and not cleanable.

The brakes last about 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought his car mainly for the price, the warranty, and the gas mileage. It said it would get around 30 mpg. The last new car a bought was a Cavalier. It also stated about 30 mpg, but got 40 hwy, and about 34. In the KIA I get about 22 hwy, and under 20 mpg city. I get better mileage from my V8 Cadillac than this wimpy little 4 banger.

It also had very little power. Trying to enter a highway is a challenge. Trying to get across the intersection before the light turns red is a challenge.

It's comfort is OK for a small car.

It has a sunglass holder in the ceiling that is too small to hold any pair of sunglasses.

It has a lot of wind noise, and whistling.

It bottom outs in most inclined driveways. My rear bumper and exhaust are bent up because of this.

I have had it in 4 times because of paint falling off. It has been repainted several times, all under warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th February, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 53 reviews